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‘Art of Real New York: Women and Their Salons’ Webinar

November 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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While we take New York City’s first-rate art scene for granted these days, it could have easily never existed. Had it not been for a handful of women who decided to rebel against traditional lives in the domestic sphere, NYC may not have become a center for artistic imagination. This is the story of four wealthy women from the early 20th century who devoted their time, money, and talent to making New York one of the premier locations of fine art in the world.

Join New York Adventure Club for the fourth part of a multi-part series that explores the impact of art throughout NYC and beyond. In this part, we embark on an art-centric journey highlighting the effects of four powerful women who made New York a global art center: Anna Hyatt Huntington, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Florine Stettheimer.

Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, our virtual showcase of these ground-breaking women will include:

  • The rise of women as art salon hosts, and what exactly happened at these ground-breaking events
  • A look at the artwork of three often-overlooked women artists
  • A case study of the controversial mural project at Rockefeller Center
  • An understanding of how the New York City art world owes a debt to philanthropic women

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Rena — any and all questions about these artworks are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

The Art of Real New York Series

Part 1 – Forming the Metropolis

Part 2 – Gilded Age and its Underbelly

Part 3 – Finding Her Way

Part 4 – Women and Their Salons

Part 5 – Picturing the Depression

Part 6 – Edward Hopper and Mid-Century Modern

Part 7 – Civil War and its Aftermath

Part 8 – Harlem Renaissance

About Rena

Rena Tobey is an American art historian whose passion centers on making art accessible, insightful, and fun. She teaches at NYU’s School for Professional Studies and conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. Rena’s research and writing centers on American women artists working before 1945, with particular interest in the challenges they faced in bucking societal norms.


“Very well organized, intelligently presented with an engaging and charming manner” -Debra

“I liked the presenter’s passion and knowledge about subject. Very interesting topic. Excellent gripping presentation. Audience Interaction stimulating.” -Katharine

“Informative & interesting. Very good speaker. An excellent teacher.” -Ellen

“The subject matter is wonderful and Rena is a great teacher. I have taken classes/tours/lectures with her and am never disappointed. The best!” -Elizabeth

“It was so well organized and presented, along with great information and charm” -Joan

“Rena is wonderful lecturer. Fascinating detail and insight.” -Patricia

“Just to say…Thank you! It was MOST enjoyable!! It was wonderful to have a change from TV & reading during this Stay at Home period. “It was a lovely walk thru history! Rena did a great presentation.” -Kathleen

“This was just an excellent session. I learned so much, and look forward to look up more info on the artists.” -Tayla


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